This article is all about NEVER LOSING CONTROL OF A GOLF GRIP AGAIN. That’s right – we are talking about the tackiest golf grips that you can buy.
I’m super passionate about this. Why? Because I’ve done it before. Completely lost control of my club, with the club head being stuck in the ground AND the club completely flying down the fairway. Numerous times actually. In tournaments. During great rounds that turned into terrible scores.
I, like you probably, have super sweaty, slippery hands. What’s worse is that I live in the south (Alabama specifically), where it’s more humid than most people can imagine.
I’m going to break this article up based on tackiness – which makes sense, right? But keep in mind that ALL of these grips are tacky compared to other grips. But the longer down you read, the tackier the grips get (and the tackier the jokes get).
Tacky: Winn Dri-Tac ($7)
If you want a super affordable way to get soft, tacky grips, the Winn Dri-Tac grips are a great option. Super easy to find online or in club shops. At only about $7, it’s a great way to stop losing control of the grip in wet, humid weather.
For a rubber grip, it’s by far one of the tackiest options on the market, just right behind Pure Grip DTX in my opinion. However, as a rubber grip, they wear down relatively quickly. Serious golfers that play many times a week have complained about not being able to get through an entire season without having to replace grips due to a lack of control after they wear down.
So while they are the cheapest option in this article, you may have to replace them sooner and more often than the more expensive options.
As a brand, Winn is easily the most well known brands of the ones that we’ll be discussing in this post. They do more advertising than the other brands, and you can find their selection of grips at more stores nationwide and online.
Really Tacky: Pure Grip DTX ($11)
There is no question about it. The most tacky rubber golf grip, based on tons of reviews and forum posts, is the Pure Grip DTX. You’ll find this grip used in the most humid areas of the US, and for good reason. Great value + great traction + super easy to install = a very popular golf grip.
Tons of buyers tout how well they can control the club even in a light rain without a glove! You’ll also find lots of reviews of golfers pleased with how long the grips are lasting. I’ve never used this brand, but the reviews speak for themselves.
While I can’t imagine these perform quite as well as the leather grips (that we are about to discuss), I’m sure this is a happy medium considering the price differences.
The TACKIEST: Leather Grips (GripMaster or BestGrips)
So far in this post, we have only talked about rubber grips. Rubber grips are cheaper to make, but they don’t last as long. They also tend to get a little slippery when water is involved.
If you want the tackiest grip ever, you’ll need leather golf grips. Leather grips get better over time, as opposed to rubber grips which wear down quickly. When water is involved (rain or sweat), the grips get even tackier, which is… awesome. Most golfers find that they don’t even need a glove anymore.
While leather golf grips ($20+ each) are far more expensive than rubber grips ($5-12 each), you’ll save money by not replacing them as often and by not having to buy gloves.
There are two main brands that you can’t go wrong with: Grip Master and BestGrips. You can read more about them here, where I talk about the best leather golf gloves on the market.
You’ll find fanboys of both brands that are equally as dedicated to the brand’s grips. While some consider GripMaster to be the tackiest grip on the market, just as many golfers would argue that BestGrips makes the stickiest, non-slip grip. I think they are equally as good, so you really can’t go wrong with either. I will say this though: BestGrips is about $4 cheaper per grip, so that’s why I decided to go with them. I’ve also heard from a few different people that their customer service is a tad bit better than GripMaster.